FALL into Healthy Habits

Pumpkin spice lattes, football games, colorful foliage, and all things fall will soon be upon us! As you embrace the changing seasons and (hopefully) cooler weather, keep in mind that you have to take care of yourself. Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the United States, and many of the things we do every day play a factor in our spine health.

Are you participating in one of these Fall activities? Fall into these healthy habits to avoid back pain and neck pain:

  • Cheering on the Sidelines
    Do you love rooting for your favorite team? Whether it’s a youth sports league or a professional game, sitting on the sidelines for long periods of time can put stress on the spinal column. Avoid aches and pains the next day by bringing a supportive chair or cushion and taking time to get up and move around.
  • Cleaning Up Your Yard
    Taking a Saturday to clean up the yard? The falling leaves and approaching winter make Fall the ideal time to get in some much-needed yard work. Your body may not be used to spending an entire day doing labor, especially if you are retired or work at a desk job. Break up the job to give opportunities for muscles to relax and rest, stretch before and after, and drink plenty of water to keep the bloodstream moving.
  • Pumpkin Picking
    Love heading to Milburn, or one of the surrounding Orchards to pick pumpkins? While this traditional Fall activity is fun, lifting heavy objects can easily tweak your back. Use a wagon around the farm and lift the pumpkins with your legs when you are loading and unloading them.
  • 5Ks and Marathons
    Fall is a popular time to run a race. Core strength is vital for runners to protect the spine and reduce friction. Make sure to slowly increase your miles and prioritize stretching. Find more tips HERE.
  • Everything Pumpkin
    Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin rolls…these all sound delicious. Remember to keep them in moderation. Weight can put ongoing pressure on the spine, so to avoid low back pain keep the waistline slim.

At First State Spine, we want you to enjoy these fall activities and more…PAIN-FREE! It’s time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.

If you have back pain or back problems, make an appointment with one of First State Spine’s specialists.